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21
Mar
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by donna smith ammons

I have been stricken with a new malady. It’s called “old age” and it is horrible.

Years ago there was a song,” She Can’t Find Her Keys”. I can identify with that little tune so well after celebrating a recent birthday. Why am I older but still feel young? (In my heart I am only 18 or 19) One of those mysteries of the aging process, I guess.

 

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Wed
14
Mar
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Mother was an excellent cook, even on a tight budget when we were traveling around the states while Daddy was in the military.

She had handed-down recipes from her mother and shared recipes with other Marine wives and friends from California to Hawaii, to North Carolina, Arizona, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Mississippi and Louisiana. She also had a recipe book with clipped recipes she found in magazines that she wanted to try.

Brother and I have fond memories of some of her best recipes--- the family spaghetti sauce, which only family gets; her famous chocolate cake, pasties, goulash and New Orleans pork chops. Every once in a while I’ll make Dried Beef Gravy over toast or mashed potatoes, which Daddy called SOS and Mother called “Cowboy Meat” so brother would eat it!!

Wed
07
Mar
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By donna smith ammons

I am hungry for a good book. Most of my friends are aware that I am an avid reader, but over the past year, I haven’t been reading as much due to other obligations.

I am the one who carries a book in my purse and always has one in the car, whether I am going to the grocery store to visit a friend or to drive to Shreveport. If I can squeeze a few minutes into my schedule, I will grab my book and read. I’ve been known to happily sit in the car as a train passes through town…reading of course!

 

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Wed
28
Feb
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By donna smith ammons

I was completely overwhelmed by the Gifted and Talented students Sabine Parish is nurturing through the school system. Over 80 students in the program participated.

Their works were displayed in a showing of their projects in the Inventions and Innovations Expo hosted at the First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center last Friday, February 16.

Students were on hand to explain their inventions and answer questions during the early morning hours. Later in the morning, the talented students entertained with a marvelous display of their God-given talents. Some sang and played musical instruments; others were featured in

rock bands or solo performances.

I’ve never enjoyed a program so much.

 

Wed
28
Feb
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Random Ramblings

By Daniel Jones

I’ve had a fascination with space since a young child, and sat in complete amazement as I watched the Falcon Heavy launch from its pad at the Kennedy Space Center on February 7.

The rockets are designed to delivery a maximum payload to lowearth orbit of roughly 64 tons, more than double that the Delta IV Heavy, or the next-biggest rocket, designed by United Launch Alliance and delivering a payload of 29ish tons.

How could a child growing up in the 80s not develop an interest in such. The Apollo missions were still fresh in everyone’s mind and the shuttle program was just entering into service. Later on, as I entered into adolescence, the shuttles were phased out, but humans had developed a permanent presence in space through the International Space Station.

 

Wed
21
Feb
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By Donna Smith Ammons

Winter Olympics where have you been? No matter, they are back and dominating nighttime television in our house.

Gone are the documentaries about Elon Musk and Space X that put a Tesla in space two weeks ago.

Also gone are my NCIS shows….they are showing re-runs, which I have seen numerous times. We really don’t watch much network television anyway. We enjoy Netflix and DVDs. Every once in awhile, I can slip in a Hallmark movie, especially if hubby-dear has dominated the television with World War II, space and other topics I have little interest in. If hubby is watching something special, I grab a book and read.

But now, we are watching ice skating, ice-dancing, snowboarding, short programs and long programs, and even commercials featuring Olympic athletes.

 

Wed
21
Feb
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Kennedy should address net neutrality

Now is the time to get serious about giving all Americans lasting protections to unfettered access to an open Internet that policymakers know they deserve. A political battle has turned a legitimate policy discussion about the best regulatory framework for an open Internet into a fight over ever-more tangential side issues.

While some have taken issue with how the current chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has sought to bring the discussion back from hyperbole, no one can fault his ultimate objective, which is the bring back policy that promotes further investment and build out of the Internet. Democrats and Republicans alike would benefit tremendously amongst their supporters by taking quick and decisive action to introduce and pass legislation that resolves the issues once and for all.

Wed
14
Feb
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By  Pete Abington (Various Newsworthy Articles and My Opinion

The governor has set February 19th to begin a special legislative session. Our state faces a $1 billion shortfall in its 2018-19 budget, beginning July 1s,, after about $1.4 billion in temporary taxes expire on June 30th. Two hundred million will reduce the shortfall because of the federal tax changes that will help state revenue.

This leaves seven hundred to eight million dollar shortfall. Of course, the government wants to close the gap with about $1 billion in permanent taxes. The GOP lead house is leading the resistance. This is not necessarily true in the Senate. The big discussions will be what we are going to let the governor cut in expenditures, or if hes cuts things he should not and what will we tolerate that will continue our tax dollars to be spent for non-state expenses

 

Wed
14
Feb
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Ny donna smith ammons

 

A get-away from the sadness and stress of losing Mother in January was just what I needed….and hubby-dear saw that a trip to Wilmington, North Carolina would be healing. My youngest son, Paul and his wife had moved to the beach town, where Paul became the new Chief Financial Officer of a behavorial center. In fact, they left from the funeral headed to their new home. A long Christmas weekend in Zachary preceded my flight out of Baton Rouge on a Sunday afternoon. Needless to say, I was nervous. I had not traveled along in a number of years.

Wed
07
Feb
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

Christmas in Zachary with the grandchildren—Riley Kate, Braeden and Darby—finally arrived the last weekend in January. Talk about stretching out the holidays!!

Although I did very little decorating, except for my traditional memory tree, Christmas came and went pretty quickly. s

For the past month, I have kept my tree lit and decorated. Lots of presents have been tucked under the tree in anticipation of Christmas with the grandkids.

 

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